Vision Awards

Honoring the visionaries in our industry who abound with creativity and passion making a difference in the places where we live, work and play.

Vision Awards


The ULI Chicago Vision Awards define the standard for real estate development in the Chicagoland area. The Vision Awards recognize the full development process – construction, economic viability, marketing, and management—as well as design – and promote best practices in development identifying projects and programs that exemplify the policy and practice areas that underpin ULI.

Award-winning projects and programs highlight creative development practices, inventive partnerships or sharing of resources, imaginative problem solving, or visionary ideas that have contributed to the growth of vibrant communities. The relative size of a program or project, whether square footage or total budget, is secondary to the innovative characteristics contributing to its success.

The Young Visionary Award recognizes outstanding young leaders in the land use and development fields. These younger professionals set the bar for career advancement, goal-setting, community service and a strong commitment to ULI’s principles of land use.

The ULI Chicago Vision Awards takes place in early summer each year, with winners announced live at the event. Press releases and announcements are distributed to local outlets as well as ULI national.  Select winners are recommended to apply for the ULI Global Awards for Excellence.

Nomination Criteria
2019 qualifying projects and/or programs, from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2018, should be located within the 9-county Chicago region and must achieve a high standard of excellence in all areas – design, construction, economics, marketing and management.  Nominations need not be submitted by ULI members. Award nominations are reviewed by a jury composed of ULI Chicago members who are recognized leaders in their field.

Submit A Nomination
2019 Vision Awards Nominations will open in early 2019.

2019 Event
Information on the 8th Annual Vision Awards will be released early 2019.


ULI Global Awards for Excellence

For decades, ULI has set the standard in recognizing outstanding real estate development projects, related programs, and visionaries in urban development.  ULI Global Awards for Excellence defines the standard for real estate development practice worldwide and honors projects across the world in a single competition.  Learn More

Numerous award winnning projects from Chicago have been honored over the years.  Since 1979, ULI’s Global Awards program is the centerpiece of ULI’s efforts to identify and promote best practices in all types of real estate development.

See a complete list of Chicago award winners.

Please note that the Global Awards for Excellence program took a hiatus during 2018, but returns in 2019, with a submission period starting in January 2019 and ending March 8, 2019. More information on how to submit coming soon. For additional information, please contact awards@uli.org.